Climate Resilient Water, WASH Consultant Opportunity

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Climate Resilient Water/WASH Consultant

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a consultant or consultancy team to provide independent advice on climate resilient WASH to Water for Women, to help inform ongoing/future programming of WASH and ensure an increased focus on building climate resilience of WASH services.  

The Fund

The Water for Women Fund is supporting improved health, gender equality and wellbeing in Asian and Pacific communities through socially inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects and research. Water for Women is the Australian Government’s flagship WASH program and is being delivered as part of Australia's aid program, investing 118.9 million over five years from 2018 to 2022.

Water for Women is partnering with 10 civil society organisations (CSOs) to deliver 20 WASH projects in 15 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Water for Women is also supporting 12 research projects, through five research organisations, as well as new COVID-19 initiatives. Water for Women aims to support an estimated 2.9 million people including the most marginalised within these communities.

The following are the Fund's four end of program outcomes:

  1. Strengthened national and subnational WASH sector systems with greater emphasis on gender, social inclusion, safely managed WASH and water security
  2. Increased equitable, universal access to and use of sustainable WASH services, particularly for marginalised communities and community members
  3. Strengthened gender equality and social inclusion in households, communities and institutions
  4. Strengthened use of new evidence, innovation and practice in sustainable gender and inclusive WASH by other CSOs, national and international WASH sector actors.

The Assignment

Water for Women is seeking to strengthen the Fund’s framework and delivery of existing WASH projects to respond effectively to the impacts of climate change and explore what climate resilience WASH could look like with respect to the Fund’s four end of program outcomes.  It is recognised that adapting to a changing climate may encompass a range of responses.  The Fund is seeking to better define and identify the different elements of climate resilient WASH, how they are integrated with other aspects of development, and areas where the Fund can continue to improve responses to climate change.

The Consultant(s) will provide independent advice on climate resilient WASH to the Fund Coordinator team to inform ongoing/future programming of WASH and ensures an increased focus on building climate resilience of WASH services.  The Consultant(s) will work with the Fund Coordinator Team and may also consult with partners to draw from Fund partner experience.  

The specific skill requirements for the role include:

  • Tertiary qualification in a related field (e.g. WASH, water management, engineering, climate change, disaster risk management);
  • Extensive experience in climate change or climate resilience programming and/or research;
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with a range of diverse partners (such as the FC, CSOs, research organisations, national government, private sector) to facilitate climate solutions, including within the WASH sector;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality reports, analyses and presentations;
  • Experience in international development with a focus on gender equality, social inclusion, or working with marginalised communities (desirable);
  • Experience working in the South Asia, South-East Asia and/or the Pacific islands (desirable).


Consultant/s is a short-term input of up to 25 days commencing March 2022.

ARF Classification

This position is classified as Discipline C Level 4 under the Aid Adviser Remuneration Framework. Further information about the Adviser Remuneration Framework can be found here


Flexible providing availability for consultation within Asia/Pacific/Australia working hours.  

Reports to 

Fund Manager, Water for Women

To Apply

Applicants must adhere to GHD’s Child Protection Policy, Integrity Management Policy, Code of Conduct and other key policies. To express your interest please submit a CV and cover letter addressing the specific skill requirements above (if applying as a team / organisation, please ensure your approach is outlined).

Applications should be submitted to by Friday 18 February 2022.


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